Mr. Ellington practiced law in Palm Beach County for nearly 30 years prior to joining SDS in 2005. During the time he practiced law, he served as the County Attorney for Palm Beach County before entering private practice where his primary practice areas were public finance, real estate and governmental law. Mr. Ellington has participated in over $1 billion of public debt financings.
Mr. Ellington is a native of South Florida. He holds a B.A. in political science from Mississippi State University and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Mr. Ellington has been very active in the community serving as an Elder and Treasurer of Memorial Presbyterian Church, a founding member and Past President of Palm Beach County Sports Commission, former member of the Orange Bowl Committee and Vice Chairman of the Super Bowl XXIX and XXXIII Host Committee.
Educated in Canada and receiving a BSc Degree in Agronomy (Honors Microbiology) from the University of Guelph. Shortly after his graduation in 1974 Neil moved to the Sunshine State. His career path led him into Land Development and Golf Course Construction/ Management, a field that he worked in for nineteen years. From 1993 until 2006 he held the position of District Director at South Broward Drainage District in southwest Broward County. Here he was in charge of managing the water resources in an area of 73 square miles that experienced extreme urban growth and development.
Through his tenure at the district he was responsible for several storm water special assessment projects initiated to provide enhanced flood protection and water management to the residents of the district. At the time of his departure from South Broward Drainage District the population in the District had reached approximately 250,000. Neil, who prides himself on being adaptable, motivated and an effective problem solver brings to the firm as a professional a strong administrative, project and government management background.
Mr. Pierman joined SDS in 2006, having returned to South Florida from Columbus, Ohio, where he worked for BISYS Fund Services, Inc. During Mr. Pierman’s time in the mutual fund servicing industry, he worked as an Instructional Designer and then Manager of a multi-client call center. He brings a well rounded skill set to the company with his background in media and finance, having experience in project management, customer service, client relations, crisis management, policy writing and technical instruction.
Jason is a graduate of Denison University with a BA in Media Technology and Arts. He utilizes this skill set in overseeing SDS’ technical services and marketing initiatives. Jason also serves as President of The Benjamin School Alumni Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Friends of the Gale Academy of Environmental Science and Technology at Forest Hill Community High School.
Mr. Coffey has over 15 years experience in local governance. He has worked in a variety of municipal management positions, including City Manager in Indian Rocks Beach, FL, and more recently as Budget Administrator for Palm Bay, FL. In 2009, he worked for ICMA as a Local Governance Advisor to Iraq. From 2011-2013, Mr. Coffey served in Afghanistan for the U.S. Department of State as a Senior Governance Specialist. Leading a 31 person military-civilian-local staff team working with municipal officials in Kandahar City, he guided the transformation of the municipality from an ineffective entity with little revenue generating capacity to an effective, responsive service delivery organization embracing innovation and capable of raising sufficient local revenues to cover O&M costs and limited capital projects.
Domestically, Mr. Coffey is an experienced management and budget official, who has been awarded 11 GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards and served as a reviewer for said award program. Additionally, he has expertise in the areas of communications, customer service, leadership, long-term financial modeling, staff development, process improvement, operational analysis and improvement, human resources, capital project management, emergency management and performance measurement.
John is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences and a graduate of the Florida State University with a Master in Public Administration Degree.
Mrs. Perez joined the team at Special District Services, Inc. in 2014, opening an office located in West Kendall.
Mrs. Perez has extensive experience in Property Management, Construction Development and Business Development in South Florida. Her career started in Property Management where she acquired her Florida State Community Association Managers License in 1995 (currently active) and worked with several local Homeowner and Condominium Associations. She then merged into the Construction industry by way of Miller and Solomon were she was a Project Coordinator; ultimately owning her own construction company, Champ Construction Group, Inc., successfully for over 16 years as President. Later in her career she specialized in Business Development and also served as Regional Manager for a Fortune 500 Company, Kelly Services.
Mrs. Perez attended Florida National College for Intro to Law, Florida Atlantic University for Construction Management and Miami-Dade College for Certifications. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Mrs. Perez is a proud and active member of the Miami Community where she was raised. She continues to expand her networking relationships within South Florida through Special District Services, Inc. Mrs. Perez is honored and enthusiastic about being a part of the SDS team and is working toward establishing and expanding business in Miami-Dade.
Kathleen M. Dailey
Ms. Dailey joined our firm in 2015 to manage the expanding Southwest Florida District. With over 27 years experience in municipal operations, Ms. Dailey has held City Manager and Deputy City Manager positions with full-service communities throughout the state of Florida varying in demographics, size and budgets. Her background includes working with the southwest Florida cities of Venice and Punta Gorda, the southeast cities of Boca Raton, Ocean Ridge, Highland Beach and Oakland Park, and the central Florida city of Kissimmee. Of note, her tenure with the City of Punta Gorda was following the devastation of Hurricane Charley, where she was an integral part of a community having to rebuild – including planning, community outreach and building consensus with diverse groups and competing interests in recovery strategies. Specializing in Human Resources, Labor Negotiations, Citizen Collaboration, Public Relations and Communications, Ms. Dailey brings an approachable and trusted leadership style that is responsive to our growing districts and the Boards governing those districts.
A native of Ohio, Ms. Dailey received her B. A. in Communications and M. A. in Public Administration from Bowing Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She is also trained in the Dale Carnegie Leadership methods and in National Incident Emergency Management (NIMS). She is an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA), a graduate of Leadership programs in Sarasota, Boca Raton and Charlotte County and former president of South Sarasota County United Way.